All about taking our guns……
Whenever there is a great loss of life — be it in tragedy, terrorist attack, accident — it’s standard for politicians across the political spectrum to take to social media to offer “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families. Curiously, that was not the case in the San Bernardino shooting Wednesday.
The GOP presidential field did offer their thoughts and prayers on social media to those impacted by the mass shooting, but Democrats didn’t. And, for the first time, so-called “mainstream” journalists, progressive activists and Hollywood types mocked the GOP for doing so.
It’s a rather curious development considering offering prayers for those lost and who’ve lost is, or at least was, one of the least controversial statements a politician can make. But none of the Democrats running for president did it.
Hillary Clinton did tweet about the shooting, but it was an angry tweet about guns, not the victims.
I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now. -H https://t.co/SkKglwQycb
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 2, 2015
However, in the past, Hillary was quick to offer prayers.
In the immediate aftermath of the Charleston, South Carolina shooting by racist Dylann Roof:
Heartbreaking news from Charleston – my thoughts and prayers are with you all. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2015
After the tragic earthquake in Nepal:
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nepal. –H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 25, 2015
And after the trampling of pilgrims in Mecca:
Wishing a blessed Eid to those celebrating Eid Al-Adha. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tragedy in Mecca today. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 25, 2015
Even after the ISIS attack in Paris:
“Our prayers are with the people of France tonight, but that is not enough.” —Hillary https://t.co/vFQltalvzF pic.twitter.com/q1Zb7XSKg9
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 15, 2015
But nothing about prayers after San Bernardino.
Hillary wasn’t alone in this shift away from offering prayers. Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy mocked the concept:
Your “thoughts” should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your “prayers” should be for forgiveness if you do nothing – again.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 2, 2015
Yet after the Newtown shooting, Murphy welcome the prayers of his colleagues:
My deepest thanks to my colleagues in Congress for their thoughts, prayers, and words of support in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 18, 2012
And after the Charleston massacre:
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Charleston community as they grieve together today.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 18, 2015
And even to residents of the republic of Georgia when they suffered flooding:
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Georgia as they begin to recover from the severe flooding in Tblisi: http://t.co/qHfr777Sjo
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 15, 2015